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Healthy Baby Home Party

Hosted a Healthy Baby Home Party last weekend and it was a lot of fun. The party kit comes from Seventh Generation with a ton of goodies for everyone.

Dring the party we watched the Wake Up Story video together from Healthy Child Healthy World. It was fun and very educational. A good way to start raising our awareness of these issues.

Then we played the bingo game supplied in the kit. We learned a lot of good tips in terms of having a healthy home for everyone. I am surprised to learn that one of the easiest way to improve indoor air quality is to put door mat both inside and outside your door and wipe your shoe on both. This will significantly cut down on things being brought into the house. So simple and yet so effective!

We also enjoyed the many Seventh generation laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid samples. Everybody cannot wait to go back and test them out themselves. A fun and educational weekend afternoon!

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Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes – A Great Performing and yet Gentle Wipe

I enjoyed using Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes. They are strong and the size is good for any cleaning task. They are very gentle on skin as they only contain plant derived ingredients. They really work just as well as conventional wipes but without all that unnecessary but harmful stuff. You won’t find any alchohol, fragrances, dyes, parabens or phthalates in these hypoallergenic wipes.

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes are surely made for baby’s sensitive skin.

This is the claim from Seventh Generation:

“These super-sized wipes give you the comfort and performance of cloth and are clinically proven to be gentle on skin.  They are safe to use on messy mouths, hands, feet, and everything in between.”

That sure sounds good to me. This is a wipe that I feel good using on my kids and I recommend it to everyone who uses baby wipes.

I received this product for free but all opinions are of my own.

Fight for Ingredient Disclosure in All Cleaning Products

Q: Why should consumers care what’s in their cleaning products?

A: Exposure to cleaning products may cause or exacerbate certain health conditions. Fumes from some cleaning products can induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals and exacerbate asthma in people who already have the disease.

  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) “has found that nearly 10% of all work-related asthma cases are caused by exposure to cleaning products.”[i] CDPH is concerned that the use of some cleaning products in schools may contribute to asthma in students and workers.[ii]
  • About 8 percent of adults and children in California have asthma, with almost 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year.[iii] Asthma is much more prevalent in lower income communities.[iv]
  • Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.[vi]

Q: Who is at most risk from these adverse effects? The general consumer, kids, or professionals like janitors?

A: Workers, children, and minorities are most at risk. Workers like janitors, maids, and housekeepers are most vulnerable to these products, being exposed for long hours every day.

  • About 6 percent of janitors experience a job-related injury from chemical exposure to cleaning products every year.[vii]
  • About half of the nation’s janitors, maids and housekeepers are Latino or African American.[viii]
  • Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.[ix]
  • The California Department of Public Health “has found that nearly 10% of all work-related asthma cases are caused by exposure to cleaning products.”[x]
  • According to the U.S. EPA, cleaning products contribute to concentrations of many common pollutants that are 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside.[xi]

Q: Why should consumers care about fragrance?

A: The generic term “fragrance” when listed on a product label can refer to a mixture that may be composed of any of over 3,000 chemicals. According to the Califormia Department of PH, fragrances in cleaning products are actually a combination of many chemicals, some of which contain ingredients that have been associated with dizziness, cancer, endocrine disruption, and asthma.

The manufacturers of cleaning, and personal care products for that matter, are not required to list their fragrance ingredients on product labels. Without this information consumers do not know what ingredients, including potential allergens, are in their products.

Further, “unscented” does not necessarily mean a product is made without fragrance chemicals. This term can be misleading to consumers, particularly to those with an allergy related to fragrance. Natural fragrances can also cause sensitivities.  The term “fragrance free” on the other hand denotes products that do not contain any fragrances at all.

Q: Why put ingredient information on a label? Will consumers really know what to do with it?

A: Consumers at the store can’t make informed purchasing decisions without accurate ingredient information on labels. A 2015 survey of 1,000 U.S. moms found that 73% of those surveyed, “often do research to understand the safety of ingredients to which their family is exposed.” Kids and workers with acute skin rashes and allergic reactions, or pregnant women counseled to avoid certain chemicals by their doctors, will be able to avoid cleaning products with ingredients they have reactions to. Union negotiations rely on ingredient information in order to negotiate for safer cleaning products in the workplace.

It comes down to consumer education and awareness. Think of food labels. While it was once a foreign concept to look at the ingredient labels of your food, it’s now commonplace and consumers are knowledgeable about certain ingredients they may choose to avoid.

 

However, there is reason to be optimistic about protecting your #RightToKnow.  There is change brewing via three different legislative bills recently introduced, plus with some industry leaders and retailers.   We need to fight for Ingredient Disclosure, and encourage everyone to join in and help us double down in demand the cleaning industry #comeclean!

 

 

[i] California Department of Public Health (2012). http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/documents/wra-cleaningprod.pdf

[ii] California Department of Public Health (2014). http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/Pages/class.aspx

[iii] California Department of Public Health (2013). http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/Documents/Asthma_in_California2013.pdf

[iv] UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (December 1, 2010). “Income Disparities in Asthma Burden and Care in California”. Joelle Wolstein, PhD, MPP, MA, Ying-Ying Meng, DrPH, Susan H. Babey, PhD

[vi] Herdt-Losavio et al. (2010). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20029025

[vii] Environmental Protection Agency (2010). http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/cleaning.htm

[viii] Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014). http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm

[ix] Herdt-Losavio et al. (2010). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20029025.

[x] California Department of Public Health (2012). http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/documents/wra-cleaningprod.pdf

[xi] Environmental Protection Agency (2012). http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html

 

Stand up for accurate labeling

What’s the big deal anyway?

Vaginal tissue is very sensitive, which means we should be extra careful about what’s coming into contact with it. The walls of the vagina are filled with numerous blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, which allows for direct transfer of chemicals in to the circulatory system. In fact, there is considerable interest in vaginal drug delivery systems because the vagina is such an effective site to transfer drugs directly into the blood without being metabolized first.

One study found that a vaginally applied dose of estradiol (an estrogen proxy) resulted in systemic estradiol levels in the body 10 to 80 times greater compared to the same dose given orally. So, you should really know what the heck is in the products you use around the vagina.

The whole truth.

Right now, some companies tell you a little bit about what’s in their products. While tampon and pad manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients, many do include some basic information on their packages about the ingredients — unless they use fragrance. A ‘fragrance’ in a product can be made up of 50-200 different ingredients, many for which health data simply doesn’t exist. This black box means that you could be exposing your body to fragrance ingredients without even knowing it.

We can do better.

Forward-thinking companies are already doing the right thing for women by voluntarily disclosing the ingredients used in their products. And leaders like Seventh Generation are taking the extra step to advocate for transparency industry-wide by co-sponsoring a rally in May.

Together, on May 23, women concerned about their health will stand alongside business leaders and tell Congress that we have the right to know what’s in the products we use so intimately. Congress can do their part by enacting a very simple, common-sense law.

Apply to host a Healthy Baby Home Party?

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, American Meadows and Zarbee’s Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at generationgood.net to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-June if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

Apply to host a Healthy Baby Home Party

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, Plum Organics and Zarbee’s Naturals.

Check out what are included in the Party Kit

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at generationgood.net to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by end of March if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • 1,900 FREE Party Kits will be distributed in this round.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

Annie’s pizza tour coming to you!

From September 29 through mid-November, Annie’s mobile pizza kitchen and organic garden will travel 6,000 miles to 11 cities nationwide, offering samples of all three pizza varieties. In addition to pre-arranged stops at family-friendly events like farmers
markets, youth sporting events, and parks, Annie’s will be making special “detour” stops along the way as requested by Annie’s fans. Fans interested in vying for their very own “detour” event can submit their request at http://www.anniespizzatour.com.  At each stop, the Slice of Happiness Tour will serve up delicious pizza and host a number of fun, family activities including the opportunity to dig into Annie’s Truck Farm – a mobile garden growing organic herbs and vegetables like the ones found on Annie’s pizzas. Visitors can also take interactive family photos with Bernie, Annie’s mascot and Rabbit of Approval, and have a chance to win prizes, pizza
coupons or an appearance on Annie’s “Slice of Happiness Tour” website. Fans can show their support by using the hashtag #sliceofhappiness on Twitter or Instagram. Moms Meet at greenmomsmeet.com is playing a big role in this wonderful tour. Come try out the minimally processed and maximally delicious pizza from Annie’s. I know I will be there.

Tour Schedule
Locations to be announced online at
anniespizzatour.com closer to event dates.
Sept. 29-30 San Francisco Bay Area
Oct. 5-7 Denver, CO
Oct. 10 Des Moines, IA
Oct. 12-13 Chicago, IL
Oct. 16-17 Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 20-21, 23 New York, NY
Oct. 24-25 New Haven, CT
Oct. 27-28 Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 31, Nov. 2 Atlanta, GA
Nov. 3-4 Nashville, TN
Nov. 7-8 Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 14-16 San Francisco Bay Area

Disclaimer: I am blogging about this product without compensation from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to review this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.